There’s no doubt about it! Moving is definitely one of the most stressful things you can do in life, and moving our business in 2019 was no exception. As we wrap up 2019, I wanted to reflect on what a great decision it was to move to our town centre location Malton.
After spending two years at an out-of-town location in York, we needed more space to increase our capacity to reach more customers. After researching several areas in Yorkshire, we linked up with the Fitzwilliam Estate team in Malton and Green Man Barns became our new HQ in April this year.
Since we started the company, we have always been proud to say that our products are handmade in Yorkshire. Supporting independent businesses and encouraging customers to shop independently has also been part of our ethos. Contributing to the vibrancy of small towns by supporting the independent businesses within them has unfolded into a truly rewarding experience for Cosy Cottage in Malton.
By relocating to a town centre location, our business and our team can provide opportunities for local people and support other local businesses. Our team love having the opportunity to walk into the town every day and we have easy access to the wonderful selection of artisan shops and food outlets that Malton has to offer, such as Yo Bakery, Purple Carrot and Groovy Moo.
As a business, we use the local solicitors, we use local printers and we’re supporting our local Post Office and bank. Our soap making workshops have been scheduled next year to coincide with the weekends of the Malton Food Market. Those who travel to the workshops from afar often make a weekend of it and we recommend local hotels, such as The Talbot.
We are also able to collaborate with the businesses in Malton. Businesses, such as our friends at Kemps General Store who stock our products. We created a limited edition Sweet Orange and Cinnamon Leaf Soap as part of a collaboration with local Malton artist, Christine Hughes of PaperSpoon and The Gallery, Malton. We have also worked extensively with local artist Simon Cooper of Cooperillo, who designs our gift cards. Seeing local businesses come together and support one another has been a true breath of fresh air; a far cry from the relentless competition of the corporate environment.
We have welcomed the opportunity to become involved with local charities such as The Croft, who help us to make our popular Felted Soaps.
I am delighted to be a part of the Malton business and wider community and look forward to forging many more partnerships that bring life and vitality to our UK town centres.